The Bridge Blog

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In 2010, almost half of all Americans (147 million people) were living with a chronic condition and were responsible for 84 percent of all U.S. healthcare spending. Despite advances in diagnostic testing and initiatives to identify preventable diseases, the number of individuals with chronic diseases is expected to continue to…

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In March, the Bridge team worked on adding new functionalities to the patient portal to improve the user experience. The portal’s new features offer enhanced appointment scheduling and patient intake, and provide greater control to administrator users in configuring appointment notification settings. We also incorporated ICD-10 codes and added Meaningful…

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In February, the Bridge team worked on making enhancements to the patient portal in order to improve usability and the portal’s over look and feel. We also incorporated a new intake form and integrated patient education resources to the Care Plans module. Learn more about the new intake form and…

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Patient engagement has become the key to improving quality of care. The larger the role a patient plays in his or her own healthcare, the smaller the possibility of readmission. The adoption of patient portals along with the incorporation of mobile health apps has enabled physicians and patients to work…

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Providing patients with online appointment scheduling can deliver significant cost benefits and improve operational efficiencies for healthcare organizations. It also has the potential to improve customer satisfaction, as patients value tools that allow them to streamline different aspects of their daily lives. Despite this, few health organizations currently provide online…

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Guest post by Frank Irving, Editor for Medical Practice Insider If you’ve been thinking about “engagement” in terms of getting patients to listen to you more intently, it’s time for a shift in perception. Engagement is now being shaped in the consumer world, supported by a catalog of more than…

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In November, the Bridge team worked on making enhancements to the patient portal in order to make deployment and configuration of the application faster and easier for new users. This month, we released the following new features and improvements for current users: Updated Homepage Layout The portal homepage was updated…

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As the pressure increases on physicians to see more patients each day, the active role that patients play in their own care has become more crucial. In fact, patient engagement is often seen as the key to quality care. Through patient engagement, for example, a physician is able to build…

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The self-monitoring technology market is getting more competitive than ever now that Google Fit is available via the Play Store, officially becoming a rival to Apple’s HealthKit. But with so many self-monitoring devices available on the market, the question arises: are patients actually buying and using fitness tracking devices to…

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If your healthcare organization isn’t considering mHealth in its efforts to improve treatment outcomes, promote patient engagement, and increase profitability, chances are you’re falling behind the times. Mobile health isn’t just the future of healthcare anymore – it’s here now, patients are increasingly asking for it, and the big players…